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My 2013 Year Review

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My year started out just like any other year. Same ole same ole. Work was going well, aside from the loss of my boss and friend. That broke my heart. Family was good. As we did the year before my niece and I started our plans for our trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. In March my volunteer work came to an end as I was kicked out of the group for reasons I am still unclear of. No big loss there really.

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In may my mom and I made a trip to Phoenix to see Chris Tomlin in concert at Grand Canyon University. Check one off my bucket list. It was a great couple of days with my mom shopping and seeing this concert. The energy in the stadium as we all praised God was amazing.

Finally July came and my niece and I were off on our road trip to San Diego.

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This trip is always so much fun. There is never a minute that there isn’t something happening somewhere in downtown San Diego. Once we arrived we hung out at the convention center for a while as we had some time before picking up our friend at the airport.

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I found this while going upstairs to pick up our badges 🙂

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Ballroom 20 line

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Inside ballroom 20

We saw the Vampire Diaries cast again

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We saw the Once Upon a Time cast

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We also got to see part of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilot.

and there there were the headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow

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The whole trip started with a midnight showing of “Psych The Musical”

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We also saw the True Blood panel…minus Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.

I could spend hours going on about what we did and who we saw.

The Walking Dead cast showed up at the Hilton

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In at the end of August my heart fell apart and part of my world ended.  My dad passed away. I can’t tell you how it feels to be 2 states away when your parent is slipping away. That was the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten. I really had no idea what to do. I just sat here waiting for a call back that my dad made it. Sadly that wasn’t the second call I got. So I went to my moms house and cried on her shoulder.  In September I flew to Houston to say goodbye to my dad for the last time.

In the process I did get to see some family I hadn’t seen in a long time

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My favorite cousin and I

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My amazing uncle 🙂

And THEN…In October my mom and I again went to Phoenix. This time to see Stephen Curtis Chapman with Laura Story and Jason Gray.

So as you can see it’s been a good year mixed with a lot of sadness.

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It’s That Time Again!

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Yep it’s time to gear up for Comic-Con 2013! Emails went out last week announcing the date for badge sales! This year we’re adding a couple newbies to the trip. So excited! Can’t wait to see our favorites from our favorite TV. Shows. The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the  Beast (if my sis doesn’t see her man she’ll die) Glee and more.

Highlights from last year

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Goodbye 2012

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2012 started as uneventful as any other year.  In February my niece and I started talking about going on a trip. At first we thought about going to Atlanta to see the set of The Vampire Diaries but that was going to be a little too expensive. So then we started talking about going to Comic-Con International in San Diego. Just a short 6 hour drive away. No problem. I said cool lets do it.  From February on our lives were all about Road Trip 2012 and what a road trip it was.

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Our first stop when we arrived in San Diego was at the convention center and of course we had to take our pictures with the sign. Who wouldn’t?

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Then we drove up to hotel circle and picked up our badges a day early. These are the epic bags you get for free. I think she traded for her Hobbit bag (I can’t remember). I got VERY lucky and got a TVD bag . You don’t get to pick what bag you get. They don’t even show you the front of it when they hand it to you and there are a dozen different bags so I was lucky to get the only bag I wanted.  Ok I would have settled for a Supernatural bag.

The next day started bright and early. We got in the Hall H line at 6am to see the cast of Twilight at 11am. Some people find it a little crazy to get up at the crack of dawn to sit in a line half the day but until you’ve done it and experienced it you will never understand just how much fun it actually is. We met so many cool people and lets face it we’re all a bunch of geeks there for the same reason. Not to mention the fact that if you aren’t in that line by at least 8am you won’t get into the hall.

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Hall H line palls.

Here are some other pics from our trip

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Saturday at SDCC was freeking AMAZING! We didn’t have badges for Saturday but I’d found out (on Twitter) that the Extra TV show was setting up a stage right near the convention center and was having celebrity panel interviews every day of the convention. It took forever to find out what day which stars would be interviewed. So we got to the Extra TV stage at 7am, we were determined to be in the front row…and we were. Although we sat there all day, it was a lot of fun. We met some really nice people. Talked to the really cool security guards and met the stars from the Extra TV show.  We also watched actor Kevin Bacon’s brother Michael do sound checks with their band.

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Also at the Extra TV stage

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Sunday was another super early day. We were in the Hall H line at 4am. We had several panels we were going to see that day and once again met some great people.

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After Comic-Con I didn’t expect much to happen for the rest of the year.

I’d been a financial supporter of ISF, Ian Somerhalder Foundation, for a while, then I got involved in supporting this amazing little company called Built Of Barnwood. Owned by Ian and his brother.

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check them out http://www.builtofbarnwood.com/  http://www.facebook.com/reclaimedbythesomerhalders

I got involved in this little group called the BOBArmy. We are a small group who all work together to support and promote this little company and it’s owners. I’ve made some amazing and lifelong friends. One of my co-volunteers/best friends/sisters and I started a blog for the company which became the only official blog for the company. We’ve done a few fundraisers as well. It’s a labor of love. We love our Somerhalders and we love each other.

Other things that happened in 2012…

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Weight loss. I started in February at 265lbs in a size 26/28. Now at the end of December and the end of the year I am down to 188lbs and in a size 18.  33 more to go til my goal. The only problem with losing weight is that it sucks for the pocket book, however, buying new clothes is fun.

So that’s about it. On to 2013